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right >> i'm trying to go to school and get a nice job >> you're only 22, you can turn this around... >> and some just don't >> he actually told people in the halfway house, that he was amazed that they had given him parole >> the system with joe burlinger only on al jazeera america this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at the top stories. al qaeda-linked gunmen raise questions about security. minors crossing the border may be the lucky ones. the struggles faced on both side of the border. a native-american tribe out with a new ad attacking the redskins name.
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iraq's prime minister asked the country's parliament to declare a state of emergency after fighters from the islamic state overrun the second largest city today. they seized government facilities and the airport in mosul and 3,000 prisoners. we have more now from baghdad. >> reporter: near the hours on tuesday fighters from the islamic state of iraq mounted one of the boldest attacks on mosul in the country's north. within a few hours they took over 75% of it according to local sources. within a few hours then a prison break freed 2,400 prisoners. then the provincial government building was taken over quickly followed by two tv stations and some banks. a few hours later iraqi prime
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minister al maliki addressed the nation calling for an emergency session of parliament. >> translator: we call upon the parliament to declare a state of emergency in the country. >> reporter: he also put the army on maximum alert called for tribal militias to protect citizens. he called for the international community to act. parliament is likely to convene on thursday to debate the state of emergency. it won't be easy to get as many politicians vocally criticized maliki's handles of the crisis. the speaker of the house said iraq's army was partly to blame. >> translator: when battles intensified inside the city of mosul, the iraqi forces abandoned weapons and the commanders fled leaving behind weapons and armored vehicles. their positions were easy prey for terrorists. even mosul airports and planes and command positions have fallen in addition to weapons caches. prisons were stormed and criminals were set free. what happened is a catastrophe
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by many measure. >> reporter: the question many ask themselves is how is a lightly armed group like this able to take over a city of nearly 2 million people. this is a big problem propaganda victory and one keen to trumpet. other people are worried about any potential state of emergency. they say if the prime minister gets such sweeping powers, he might find it very difficult to give them up. al jazeera, baghdad. the united states is keeping a close eye on today's events in northern iraq. rosalynn jordan is in washington for us. what's the u.s. reaction to the events in mosul this morning? >> reporter: tony, the obama administration is deeply concerned about the apparent loss of mosul to partisans and fighters. they have said that they are in close consultation with their iraqi counterparts trying to figure out exactly what kind of
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additional assistance can be provided. the u.s. has been watching the security situation in iraq basically deteriorate in the past six or seven months. it has stepped up the transfer of weapons and weapons systems and providing advice to the iraqi army. they also say that they have been concerned about the political situation which they feel may have aggravated or made possible more of this violence. they're concerned in particular that the government, which is led by a number of iraq shia community, nouri al maliki is not an embracing of the sun my population and that may be a factor. what we heard from the state department spokesperson on tuesday is a repeated call for unity among all rairaqis to fig
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this threat. >> the u.s. is providing training to the iraqi police and armed forces, but are there any additional plans for the u.s. to offer iraq any kind of added-on additional assistance beyond what it's doing already? >> reporter: what they're looking at is speeding up the delivery of, for example, certain aircraft trying to speed up the delivery of f-16 fighter jets, for example, to the iraqi military. in terms of whether there's any thought of the u.s. providing any on the ground assistance to put it plainly, sending u.s. troops back into iraq, that's not on the table. there is no legal agreement for u.s. forces to be inside iraq. that's been the case since the end of the 2011. the u.s. government does believe that the iraqi army has the capacity to deal with the security threat. that said, the u.s. is trying to step up what assistance it can provide because it considers
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what happens in mosul a very negative sign, especially for the security not just inside iraq but across the region. >> rosalynn jordan for us in washington, d.c. good to see you. john is here with more on today's attack and the group said to be behind it. john. >> how interesting to hear from her putting u.s. boots back on the ground is not going to happen, but americans must think, what was it all worth? all that money and american blood. here we are looking for a state of emergency in mosul. let's try to put some flesh on the bones for you here. first of all here, you can see the iraqi capital of baghdad, and up near the syrian border it's the second city of mosul. we have pictures that are shocking. thousands of people are fleeing the city. vehicles are piled up on the highway trying to get out of town. these are u.s.-trained iraqi forces throwing down their weapons and taking off their
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uniforms because they can't cope with the threat that they are facing. so who and what is isil, a group at the center of the fighting? it's the islamic state in iraq and the area. it's a sunni muslim group. they have thousands of arabs and foreign fighters to call upon. it was formed between 2011 and 2013, and it aims to create a sunni regime in western iraq and syria and also to overthrow the mainly shia government. this raeky prime minister is calling for a state of emergency, nouri al maliki. he was pretty friendly with the al qaeda leader for a while, and, in fact, it's true to say that isil has been seen more active in iraq than al qaeda at this moment, but both carry out bloody attacks in syria. here's what you won't learn from other cable news channels, isil and al qaeda have fought against
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each other. isil is pulling back to its home province, anbar in iraq. they control cities like fallujah and now mosul. little is known who funds isil. >> that's one of many questions we want answered, who is funding this organization? an investigation is under way following a deadly friendly fire incident in afghanistan that killed five u.s. troops. u.s. special operations forces were on security patrol with afghan forces when they were anl bushed by the taliban. mike, what do we know about what happened here? >> in the long tragic incidents like this, this is the worst in the 13-year war in afghanistan. remember in 2004 the former nfl player pat tillman killed by friendly fire. that was very controversial. five american troops we
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understand now died in this operation. we have a local reporter on the ground. he's spoken with the police chief in this remote southern province of afghanistan and other sources as well. this is the story that is emerges. u.s. and afghan forces conducted a ground operation in zabul ahead of the saturday presidential runoff. obviously, a key moment for afghans and the future of united states forces alike. they came under fire from the taliban. they called in an air strike, and unfortunately the air strike fired at the wrong lines behind allied lines. five americans were killed and the interpreter killed as well as one afghan soldier for a total of 7 dead. today, pentagon spokesman admiral john kirby had this to say. >> i can confirm that five american troops were killed yesterday in an incident in southern afghanistan. i'm not getting into details about bho they were and the specifics of the mission. we do have reason to suspect
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that friendly fire was the cause here. specifically friendly fire from the air. >> reporter: so the spokesman at the pentagon and both here at the white house as well, tony, keeping the details close to the vest. the initial stages of this investigation still notifying many of the next of kin here in the united states. >> mike, this could be the worst friendly fire incident in nearly 14 years. how could incidents like this play out among the president's many critics? >> reporter: the thing that people forget, even though the president appeared in the rose garden two weeks ago and announced that american combat forces would be withdrawn from afghanistan by the time he leaves office, there are still 32,000 american troops left in afghanistan. obviously, still a very dangerous place. that's down from a peak of 100,000 in 2010. so many people have criticized
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the president for announcing this certain end date. by no means did this instigate -- we have no evidence this is a certain attack here, because obviously these attacks are ongoing. a lot of people look at that as adding fuel to the fire. they look at what's happening in iraq incidentally and say the lack of agreement there led to the dire situation over the course of the last couple of years. >> we tried to get two sides to agree in iraq and never golt that. for the second time in two days gunmen launched an attack on pakistan's busiest airport in karac karachi. they briefly disrupted flights and no one was killed. the gunfire is less than 48 hours after another assault on that very same airport killed 36 people including 10 taliban fighters. as we first reported yesterday the federal government says about 47,000 unaccompanied miners crossed into the united
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states illegally in the past eight months. many are caught and sent to detention facilities like the once in nogales, arizona. some are not as lucky. more than two-thirds of these migrants enter through texas, and an unknowing number of children that come into the u.s. never complete the journey. heidi is live for us in brooks county, texas. that's an area many call the corridor of death for migrants. tell us where you are exactly and why it has earned this rather ominous nickname. >> reporter: hey, tony. well the sheriff's office finds 90 bodies a year in this brushland behind me. that's why they call it the corridor of death. yet, 173 children a day -- i want to repeat that. 173 children a day are apprehended by border patrol in the 53-mile stretch of the border. as you mentioned, they're the
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lucky ones that go to shelters, but they're still alive. how many more make it up north or worse are here in the desert in the brushland behind me, their bodies never to be found. that is a question that no one has the answer to. what we do know is the most perilous part of the journey begins right here. it has everything to do with the border control inspection station a mile up the highway. this is as far as the smugglers will take them. at this point people get out of the truck, out of those cars and fan off on foot into the brushland. from there, tony, the nearest town is 17 miles from here. so imagine going through that land. there's rattlesnakes and mountain lions at night and there's this heat. it's about 100 degrees out today, and after being out here five minutes you're suffering. imagine doing that for hours and being a small child. of course, the worst outcome you'll find in the cemeteries just north of here. let me show you what happens to
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the men, women and children who don't make it. now, at the cemetery there are hundreds of migrants buried there. students from baylor university are exhuming their bodies hoping to identify them. they do this trip every year to take out the bodies, but this year they say it's especially difficult because they find smaller bodies. >> what i'm terrified of is that we're going to start finding the bodies of all these children. they're going to be so many that can't make it. there are too many that aren't doing well as it is, but they can't do it. they get left behind if they can't keep up with the group. a 5-year-old can't keep up with the group walking through sand up to their knees in 100-degree temperatures. >> reporter: now, the bodies have to be processed in the lab before they determine an exact age, but what's making this job more difficult for the
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researchers and border patrol and sheriff is children's bodies are so small and they're harder to find than adults'. because they're bones are so small, they often fall victim to predators around here. there is really no telling how many dozens if not hundreds of children's bodies are in this grassland behind me, tony. >> i have a couple of questions for you. first of all, what's behind what we've been hearing recently about this surge in unaccompanied children migrating? >> reporter: well, most of these children are coming from honduras, el salvador and guatemala. they're not from mexico. the number from mexico is decreasing. the reason they flee those central american countries is because of the increase in gang violence there. many children already have either their mother or their father who have come to the united states, and they're sending for their kids by paying smugglers to bring their children up north. they're doing this because they're trying to save their
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children from a future of joining a gang or at best making three american dollars a day. they tonight realize how perilous this journey may be and what a price it will cost them. >> you painted a picture earlier of these coyotes and smugglers driving to that point where you are and dropping the kids off. we can hear the roar of the traffic around you. can your camera spin around and give us a few how close you are to the road where presumably these kids are dropped off? is that possible? can we do that? >> reporter: absolutely. yeah. let me show you right over here, tony. this is the highway here, and it is 80 miles north of mcallen where the border is actually. it is dangerous here. i'm glad you mentioned that. today this morning there was a 21-year-old woman, a migrant from central america who was hit by an 18-wheeler. the sheriff's deputies were out on the scene. she was struck. it was a hit and run, and she perished. she didn't make it back onto the
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smuggler's car making it north. >> heidi, i think we have a sense. can you imagine a 10, 11, 5-year-old kid being dropped over there with that roar going on, with that busy -- it's a nightmare. heidi for us in brooks county, texas. appreciate it. thank you. two people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a high school in oregon today. it happened in troutdale about 15 miles east of portland. police responded to gunshots at reynolds high school early this morning. tactical teams evacuated staff and students. one student was injured and treated at the scene. >> a gunman entered the high school this morning, shot one student. unfortunately, that student has died. the gunman was located, and the gunman is also deceased. >> tomorrow was scheduled to be the last day of school at r reynolds high. former secretary of state
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hillary clinton is talking about a run for president. she says the benghazi controversy gives her more reason to get back to the campaign trail. that's next. frequent flyer changes. united new rules on racking up free miles. that's next. if i told you that a free ten-second test could mean less waiting for things like security backups and file downloads you'd take that test, right?
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a construction worker in brazil has been killed in an accident while working on the city's unfinished monorail system. they're investigating what caused the beam to fall. it was meant to expand the metro system, but the city knew it wouldn't be ready in time for the world cup. much has changed in brazil since it hosted the first world cup in 1950. we have more now from sao paulo. >> it was 1950 the last time brazil hosted the world cup, and it was a much different country back then. life was more simple, perhaps even slower. some things like football are timeless, especially in this football-crazed country.
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64 years and 15 world cups later, the football world's greatest spectacle returns to the land of the beautiful game. in recent days brazilians football spirit has started to take over, part of the reason fifa chose to host the tournament back in south america. getting ready for this tournament hasn't been easy for the host, who have been bessette by construction delays in stadiums and big cost overruns, but it's violent protests that hit brazil in the last year that could lose the biggest worry and cause the most concern. although the protests have since diminished in size since they exploded last june, they were replaced by a wave of worker strikes in recent weeks. they're confident they're about to host a world cup of all world cups, and they're hoping that once the first ball is kicked, the country will explode not in protest but in excitement. brazilian authorities are taking no chances by putting more than
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150,000 security personnel on the streets. they're there to ensure that the tournament isn't upstaged by anything other than what happens in the pitch. in sao paulo police in a new command center watch hundreds of cameras monitoring everything going on in the city. the air force will have drones in the sky monitoring activity at stadiums during the games and even protests that could break out. last week the final test match was held at the much delayed world cup stadium in sao paulo. the local team corinthians scored the first goal in the new arena. this is a country hoping that all the action will be on the pitch during the coming weeks. al jazeera, sao paulo. former secretary of state hillary clinton is clarifying remarks that she and president bill clinton were dead broke when they left the white house in 2001. clinton told abc news she and her husband were $12 million in debt mostly from legal bills. she also told abc that republican criticism of how she
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handled the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya in 2012 gives her more of an incentive to run for president. >> actually, it's more of a reason to run, because i do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball. we ought to be in the majors. i view this as really apart from and even a diversion from the hard work the congress should do about the problems facing our country and the world. >> clinton says she will make a decision about the 2016 presidential bid when the time is right. wall street ended up where it left off yesterday. the dow gained 3 points, and the s&p lost half a point. why did we mention that? the nasdaq was up slightly. united airlines is changing the loyalty program to benefit big-spending customers. it will calculate rewards based upon how much money is spent, not the number of miles flown. the new rules kick in next
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march, and for more on this is laura begley-blume. she's the executive editor of yahoo! travel. good to see you. talk about a frequent flyer program here. isn't that what we're talking about basically? >> this is what we're talking about. >> how does it work? if you spend more, you get more miles? >> that's what it comes down to. it used to be the number of miles you flew was what you got. these days what you spend is what you get. this is great news for business travelers taking frequent trips and taking short trips that cost more money. it's not so great for your leisure travelers booking far out to find deals on trips. >> has there been much outrage over this from leisure travelers? i'm thinking isn't this basically how it works in business? you reward the people and groups that spend the most money with you? >> this is why united did this. they're doing this to reward their most loyal consumers, who are the frequent business travelers. right now, though, people are up
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in arms. this program is very similar to what delta did earlier this year, and that created a ton of outrage. so there's a lot of that in the industry. the reality is people have short memories. i think they will forget about it quickly. this is bound to be the new normal. >> that's the question. is it just a matter of time before all of the major carriers adopt kind of this similar scheme? >> it's definitely a matter of time. you know, jetblue and southwest already do this. nobody is complaining about them. so far american hasn't done it, and critics are saying they might wait until the merger are us air happens or might not do it at all to make travelers happy. i have to say for me, though, i flew united to chicago a couple of weeks ago, and i wish this program was in place at that point. for my short ticket that was $800, i would have received 3700 miles with the new program. currently i got 1400 miles. it's not all bad.
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>> you can make a case that's part of an incentive for an airline to do it, so they get customers by you that buy a ticket at the last moment. it gives them more incentive to whittle it longer and buy later and get the miles, right? >> frankly, it takes the sting away. these days i don't find tickets for $300. i don't know about you. >> i read that in some quarters it's being viewed as risky. given the fact that united is, i guess at the moment, underperforming versus delta and some other airlines, is that a real case here, or is that just industry talk? >> i think it's industry talk. i'm sure there's a risk, but i think people are going to quickly forget. the reality is, too, most travelers these day don't earn the bulk of miles based on flying on planes. we did a story about a guy who earned 1 million frequent flyer miles spending $1,000. he did it by using credit cards and finding sneaky ways to earn the miles.
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>> laura, good to see you, the executive editor from yahoo! travel. appreciate your time. thank you. a milestone for the commercial drone industry. for the first time the faa has okayed flights over u.s. land. a drone manufacturer, aeroenvironment gets a five-year contract for bp. they will survey pipelines, roads and equipment at prudo bay, alaska, the largest oil field in the united states. coming up we told you about the influx of migrant children crossing the border. next we talk to a lawmaker who took a tour inside a detention center where the kids are housed. 75 years since ""the grapes of wrath"" introduced us to depression era struggles. we will take a closer look at the condition of today's farm workers.
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we've been telling you over the last two days about a surge of unaccompanied minors who illegally cross the border into texas. hundreds of children from central america were transported this last weekend to nogales, arizona. they're being housed there in makeshift detention centers. we'll talk about what it's like inside the centers. joining me now is damion clinko. i'm so curious about this. you took this tour on sunday. what did you see? take a moment and describe what you saw. >> i traveled down to nogales with two colleagues, and we asked for a tour of the facility. we were concerned about the welfare of these children. the facility is a warehouse that was originally designed for the imported products, and it was converted, we were told, in the early 2000s into a detention center able to accommodate up to 2500 individuals.
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we're told that the facility was dormant by the late 2000 -- early 2008 and 2009, and they reactivated the facility to accommodate this increase in young, unaccompanied minors detained crossing the border. the facility itself is a detention center. there is razor wire and large fencing. i want to stress u.s. customs and border control was working very hard to make sure the welfare and safety of the kids was a priority. >> what about conditions there? i'm thinking about water and blankets and food and toilets. what did you see? >> absolutely. so, u.s. customs and border control is working with other federal agencies including fema and health organizations to ensure their health was a priority. making sure they were vaccinated and providing lunches while we were there. the kids were moved through a really well-operated lunch line. they were in the process of installing temporary showers
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outside. you know, really comes down to why we as a country and why these departments really weren't prepared for this increase because it's part of a trend over the last few months. >> did you get an answer to the question? it's a great question. >> we have not got an answer to that question yet. this is clearly a federal issue. it is really sad to see so many unaccompanied minors crossing the border, especially in the summer when they're at risk -- this facility had evaporative cooling, so the climate was regulated. they're working hard to ensure that the kids' well-being and safety was the number one priority. >> go ahead. you were about to say something. >> well, just that there really is a focus on making sure they were taken care of, and they also told us they had a commitment to get these individual kids moved out of this facility within 72 hours. >> tell me why this is
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happening. why is this happening? you alluded to there was some knowledge of this surge taking place. why is this happening, and why are the kids bussed from texas to nogales, and now we have word they may be bussed to california. why is this happening? >> the system is designed once these young people are detained, the border patrol hands them to the office of refugee resettlement. then they help to process these young people through the system. what we were told was that that office has reached capacity. there has been such a significant increase in the last few months of kids from el salvador, gault guatemala and honduras crossing over and being detained in the process it overwhelmed the system. u.s. customs and border patrol simply has no one to pass these young people onto, because that system has reached its capacity. so it looked to us like they
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were really focused on finding a facility that could accommodate this increase making sure that these kids actually had the basic services that they needed to be safe and to be well-cared for while they're trying to get them relocated to the office of refugee resettlement. >> well, representative, the president called the situation there a humanitarian crisis on our border. do you agree? >> i would agree. i mean, to see -- it was startling to see 1,000 unaccompanied minors in a detention facility on the border in the arizona desert, and the overwhelming number of kids in the facility really is a crisis. the fact this is happening on our southern border really shows the need for comprehensive immigration reform in this country, and that we can't have the most vulnerable, especially children, in such a high-risk situation on our border.
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>> damian is a state representative from arizona joining us from tucson. representative, appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you very much. armed militias and local tribes have agreed to a cease-fire in benghazi after a barrage of air strikes earlier today, but there's no word on whether the rouge libyan general has agreed to the deal. the violence there has serious implications for national elections later this month. stephanie decker has more from tripoli. >> reporter: forces have carried out more air strike in the western part of benghazi city. these are areas they have struck before where terrorist groups and extremist groups are based. now also on tuesday night we heard from tribal elders. they have managed to negotiate a deal with these groups, a cease-fire, and also the minister of justice was present to represent the government. we haven't heard from the general. this depends on whether he agrees or not.
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we're just two weeks away from the elections. he has said he won't carry out attacks on that day, but people here will tell you that those elections are crucial. they want to vote in a new parliament they see legitimate, because the current body, the gnc, is controversial when it comes to many here. they have lost trust in nir politicians, and they want a prime minister elected to represent their best interests who won't take sides. however, many people tell you that's going to be incredibly difficult in a country so polarized. an american citizen jailed in egypt and on hunger strike is now in the icu. he has been in cairo's prison since august. he's accused of recording egyptian forces clearing demonstrators from a protest camp. he went to the hospital monday for testing. doctors recommended he stay, but officers took him back to jail. last night they had to rush him to the icu. his family fears he's near death. in a video message he appealed to president obama for help.
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ukraine's new president ordered humanitarian corridors to give residents a chance to escape the violence. petro poroshenko has tried to gain russian's support for the east and this is similar to what moscow proposed last week. fighters in separatist regions welcomed the suggestions since many struggle to get on with their life despite the fighting. >> reporter: as long as there are streets to clean, these men have work to do. the separatists have taken over their city, these are the people keeping donetsk running. this is now a people's republic and independent nation, kiev continues to pay for all public services. the man running the city utility department says gunmen come and go, but there's not much he can do. >> translator: i can't say we cooperate, but we need to talk with them to ensure a normal way of life for our city. unblocking the roads and opening
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the exits. >> reporter: shengs this is paid, sp she hopes this isn't the end of the story for her city. >> translator: i hope the vision of the people that live here will change because separatists only take responsibility for some of their actions. >> reporter: a few hours away, clashes continue between pro-russian separatists and the military. these videos can't be independently verified, but they appear to show the aftermath of an attack on a manufacturing plant, one of at least two shelled overnight. one resident told us what he saw. >> there were three explosions every 15 seconds. it started about midnight with the first explosion, there was light flying and we heard boom, boom. >> reporter: this was a bomb she shelter where locals were brought. they're on alert to open it again. >> translator: people here are horrified but have no place to hide, but they know they would get help here.
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>> reporter: separatists in control, and they have roadblocks like this one which in this case is to stop traffic from getting near the city administration building. unable to walk away, residents in the east are adjusting to a new way of life. many feel they have little choice if they wait for their future to be decided. in switzerland there are doubts whether iran and six world powers can hammer out a deal over the controversial nuclear program. iran's foreign minister says there's potential for agreement by the july 20th deadline, but they say talks have hit a wall over how many centrifuges iran wants for enrichment. they agreed to limit nuclear production in november in exchange for sanction relief. negotiations resume on monday. in israel the parliament elected a new president who opposes the creation of a palestinian state. he's a veteran politician from the ruling likud party and he's
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a strong supporter of israeli settlements on the occupied territory. it's a ceremonial role, bullet he represents the government overseas where his views run counter to most of the community. in south africa an emotional start to the trial of the captain and crew of the sunken ferry. more than 300 people are dead or missing after the ferry sank two months ago, and families want answers. harry faossett with more. >> reporter: it began in the same without inside and out. relatives without courtroom tickets scuffled with officials as they tried to gain access. this is the man they came to see with their own eyes, the captain, one of 15 members of the crew that made their way through another entrance. all are accused of negligence and breaking maritime law. four of them including captain lee are charged with murder for abandoning the ship to its fate after passengers were told to stay in their cabins.
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>> translator: if they don't get the death sentence, then there will be walking the streets in this country again. that's very wrong. they don't have a right to do that. >> reporter: cameras were only allowed in for the opening moments of the trial. just afterwards when the relatives saw the crew there were shouts of animals, murderers, but it was an opportunity for the defense to make its initial points. the lawyer for the captain said he did all he could to right the ship. it was only when he realized all hope was lost that he was the last member of the bridge to link his way to safety. the charge of homicide is unusual in a case like this, and combined with a president's assertion days after the disaster that the crew's actions were akin to murder has led some to query the potential for fairness in the trial. from seoul there was a reminder those in court are far from the only accused. the president calling on police to redouble efforts to arrest the businessmen and religious leader accused of being the real
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owner of the ferry company. its actions in allegedly overloads and those of the government and regulators are key in providing final answers in the tragedy. for the coming weeks the focus is on the answers given by the captain and crew inside the courtroom. harry fossett, al jazeera, south korea. a major defeat for teachers unions in california. we have that story and other headlines today. >> the ruling today is likely to start more legal fights in california and other states. a superior court judge ruled that teacher tenure laws deprive students from their right to an education. it overturned several california law that govern the way teachers are hired and fired. new york city settled a lawsuit today with a group of occupy wall street protesters. 14 demonstrators allege police wrongfully arrested them during a march two years ago. the city will pay nearly $600,000 in the settlement.
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the sale of the los angeles clippers isn't settled after all. donald sterling now says he doesn't want to sell the team. his lawyers say he'll pursue a lawsuit against the nba after all. sterling is banned from the nba for life because of racist comments he made that were caught on tape. finally, the man behind the hidden cash frenzy revealed himself. jason is a really investor from palo alto. he acknowledged his true identity last night on cnn. he said he has hidden nearly $15,000 in small sums around california and tweeted clues about their locations. he says he's expanding to other cities including right here in new york city, houston, mexico city. he says the one thing now that people know who he is is people request things like cars, houses, all that stuff. he said, i can't pay for that stuff, people. >> just let him know where we're located. maria, thank you. it has been 75 years since the publication of the great
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american novel "the grapes of wrath." it's about the struggles a depression-era family and the grueling working conditions of farm workers. who look at what changed and what hasn't in steinbeck's california. >> reporter: in the morning glow the sun came up behind them. the vineyards, the orchards, the great, flat valley. green and beautiful. so wrote john steinbeck in his novel "the grapes of wrath" on california, the promised land. >> oklahoma is where we came from, and it was because we were starving to death. we were hungry. we weren't starving, but we were hungry. >> reporter: they arrived poor and desperate and lived in camps established by the government. it was here in arbon that steinbeck placed his famous fictional family. he came in 1944 and lived here for 16 years.
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>> this is my brother and my dad and oldest brother. >> reporter: a well digger, the dust storms drove his father out of business. they joined the great migration west and found work in the fields. >> after school was out, we worked whatever was in season. my mother was great with her hands, real quick and would pack peaches, grapes, plums. she cut potato, seed potato. they don't do that anymore. >> reporter: california call them okies in contempt. they came from oklahoma and other states. this is the kind of vehicle that american migrants in the 1930s and '40s would drive to california. back then families were bigger, and sometimes as many as 8 or 10 people would be hanging on even sitting on top of the roof of
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the car. today migrants still come from the south, and mostly from mexico. 75 years after his novel, the camp that inspired steinbeck still stands. instead of the joes, others have come to take the place of oakies. they say camp life is simple but good. though some things have not changed. farm work remains tough, abuse continues with laborers making minimum wage or less. >> translator: it was a difficult job working on your knees. when you work with grapes on cure knees in the ground and the humidity and everything else. >> reporter: it remains one of the poorest parts of the country, though many have moved to a better life beyond the camp gates. their story as told by steinbeck now read by millions of students, one of the major works of american literature.
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the new migrants also come with their california dream. one generations before them have pursued in a story that will continue. melissa khan, al jazeera, california. coming up on al jazeera america, a new report about sex crimes on college campuses. why they've gone up despite overall crime going down. a native-american tribe battling back against the nfl's redskins. incarceration >> some prisoners try to get it right >> i'm trying to go to school and get a nice job >> you're only 22, you can turn this around... >> and some just don't >> he actually told people in the halfway house, that he was amazed that they had given him parole >> the system with joe burlinger only on al jazeera america
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wisconsin's mining standoff on al jazeera america the number of sexual assaults reported at colleges has shot up in the last decade. we have the details a new report out just today. roxanne. >> the survey by the department of education looked at data from 2001 to 2011. during that time reports of sex crimes rose around 50%.
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>> we have a big problem, and we need your help. >> it's happening on college campuses and bars and parties. >> videos like this are trying to raise awareness about sexual assaults. activists say awareness is growing on campuses, and that's why the number of sex crimes reported at colleges is rising. the department of education says that number has grown from 2200 to 2001 to more than 3300. >> i think sexual assault is being reported more, and i think an increase in reports could actually be a good thing because it means people feel supported and report. >> reporter: annie clark reported an assault when she was a student at the university of north carolina chapel hill. >> the person i told who should have had good training in what to do blamed me for my own experience and gave me an extended analogy about how rape was like a football game and i was the quarterback. i was in charge, and asked me what i would have done differently. >> she refused to stay quiet and became an advocate for the group
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end rape on campus. other victims have reached out to her, and last year they filed a federal complaint against unc. that case is still under investigation. unc is one of 55 colleges being investigated by the department of education for how they've handled splants of sexual assault. >> no man has a right ever to raise his hand to a woman, period. end of story. >> reporter: the white house set up this website tracking how campuses deal with complaints. clark says change has to begin with education. >> the burden needs to shift, and that conversation needs to be about teaching men and boys not to rape, how to respect women, what does consent and relationships look like? that is something we can teach in schools and in communities at home, and that's cultural. >> reporter: the survey found that other campus crimes dropped during the same decade including burglary and car theft. an expert that worked on the survey said this increase in reported sex crimes is linked to a rise in alcohol and drug use.
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>> really? appreciate it. more at 6:00? >> yes. >> thank you. more threatening weather across the south today. it's that same pesky system that caused serious damage from colorado to kentucky. dave warren is here with a look. dave. >> at least it's moving, though. they continue to move through tennessee and kentucky. you can see a well-defined line here, and that's the severe weather we're watching now. wind damage is likely with these storms as they continue to push east through the state of tennessee and across the southeast. a watch in place in the yellow airs with warnings in effect in central tennessee. the storms had the history of producing that wind damage. wind gusts over 60 miles per hour. once the storms clear out, then flooding is a big problem. scattered flood warnings behind the rain. it will eventually begin to clear out, but we have more severe weather in the forecast over the next 24 hours. this entire system will slowly push off to the north centering that low right over the great lakes, but the severe weather tomorrow right in western
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pennsylvania and more expected as the moisture returns from the gulf of mexico over texas and oklahoma. not much of a break there. >> not at all. dave, appreciate it. thank you. a new ad from a native-american tribe insisting the redskins change its name. we will show you the ad and the reaction today.
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real reporting from around the world. this is what we do. al jazeera america. researchers studying malaria found gender and science may help to eradicate the deadly condition. they foun the key to wife out the mosquito-borne disease may be getting rid of the female bugs. >> reporter: the mosquito causes huge suffering in some of the world's poorest country, but only the female carry the parasite. now scientists have perfected a way to genetically modify the species so only males are bred. the team introduced genetically
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modified mosquitos into populations in five cages like this. now, in four of the five cages, the population had actually been wiped out within six generation because of a lack of females. the scientists inserted mosquitos with an enzyme that cuts the dna of the female x chromosome during sperm production, and it was also exclusively male offspring. >> it was amazing that i saw this. i saw it from that trait. that is really satisfying. >> reporter: if the technique can be repeated outside the laboratory, the entire malaria-carrying mosquito population could be decimated. mosquito nets and sprays as well as medication have had an impact, but now drug resistant parasites and the insecticide resistance mosquitos are emerging. worldwide the mortality rate has dropped since 2000, but it kills
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more than 600,000 people a year. the situation is worst in africa where 90% of the malaria deaths happen with most of them children younger than 5. it could bring huge benefits to humans, but what about the impact on the eco-system of eliminating an entire species. the scientists say there's nothing to fear. >> there are thousands much mosquitos, and only a handful have malaria. the eco-logical impact probably will never completely eradicate the population, but you will crush the population's size to a point on malaria. >> this is one promising area of research. they could have the first malaria vaccine after strong trial results. this could be a cheaper sp more effective way of fighting the disease. if you watch the nba finals ball game tonight, you'll get a strong reminder about the
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controversy surrounding the washington redskins name. a commercial calling for the nfl to change the team's name in seven cities during halftime. we have the story. the ad was paid for by a california tribe and it will air in some of the largest mashlths including new york, dallas and l.a. we have a short clip of the ad. take a look. >> unyielding, strong, indominatable. native-americans call themselves many things. the one thing they don't. >> and people are already reacting to this ad. you've got brittany who says, i will say it a million times. we don't want to change our name, and it's not meant to be offensive. let it die already. and then nick, he's a redskins fan. he writes, it's funny how the
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majority of people never had a problem with the redskins name until suddenly after others did, but some feel it's only a matter of time. todd writing going to be an anti-redskin commercial at halftime tonight. wow. days are numbers. the redskins hired a lobbying firm after they received a letter from 50 senators asking for the team to change its name, prompting tara -- she's a native-american -- saying surrounded by indian country. d.c. lobbyists by his side instead of schneider's last stand. just change the name. >> gotcha. here's the thing. so seven big cities tonight at halftime, correct? >> it's a one-minute commercial at halftime, yes. >> you do something else tomorrow, but let's sort of follow in addition to what you do tomorrow, let's follow the reaction to the ad after it airs and maybe we can share some of the tweets and comments tomorrow. can we do that. >> we'll follow that. >> we will do a twofer tomorrow. where is the at, please?
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>> thanks, tony. >> i'm tony harris in new york. that's all the time for this news hour. if you'd like the latest from our program head to our website, "inside story" is next on al jazeera america. >> is the united states innovated iraq and overflew saddam hussein more than a decade ago, and then spent years pacifying the country, hoping to leave behind a stable, rebuilding nation. one of the country's main cities has fallen to guerilla fighters, and the baghdad government may be losing it's grip. that's the "inside story."